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Listen for the Fig Tree Paperback – February 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140343644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140343649
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,141,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1996
Format: Paperback
This is a powerfully written book that treats the young heroine's blindness unsentimentally and believably as she deals with her father's violent death, her mother's drinking, an attempted sexual assault by an older neighbor and her budding relationship with a young man. This is a thoroughly outstanding treatment that will inform readers of any age about blindness, while treating the blindness as simply a fact of her life as she deals with the real and wrenching issues pulling at her. The love for her mother and the tension with her drinking are well handled, and the boy-girl aspect is also not over-romanticised. (Wish we had a sequel about them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1997
Format: Paperback
The contents of this book had a tremendous affect
on my early years. I read this book at a very early
age and I can recall being encouraged by it's
contents. I would recommend that all young people
being challenged with life read this book.
The fact that she was blind was overshadowed by the
true challenges in her life.
Alcholism, abuse, death, etc..... Very powerful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on November 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a wondeful book that I never tire of reading over and over again. I read this book when I was a very young girl and I must say that after all these years I still enjoy this book immensley. Marvina "Muffin" Johnson is a blind, African American teenager not only coping with blindness, but more importantly coping with the death of her father who she loved dearly, and coping with a mother " Leola" who is loosing herself in drink and despair over the death of her husband. But despite blindness and grief " Muffin" has the love and support of neighbors " Mr Dale," " Mr Willie Williams," "Tank" " Miss Geneva", a friend "Deeta", and a love interest "Ernie" who all embrace "Muffin" during her many times of need. The author Sharon Bell Mathis has created a intricate world of sight and sounds that transforms the reader into a place and time that is so passionate, so intense, and so very real that the reader is longing to know what will happen long after the last page has been read. What a wonderful little book. A very satisfied reader.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Nothing happened the entire book. When something did happen it was so badly described that it seemed like nothing was happening. The characters were not thought out and were undeveloped. I would reccomend this book to anyone who wants to fall asleep.
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